Get the pros and cons and learn all you need to know about a pixie cut.
By: Sarah James
The pixie. It's hot right now and gracing the heads of many, many lovely celebrities. I myself have been debating chopping off my chest-length hair for months now, yet can’t seem to pull the trigger. Just when I think I’ve garnered the courage to chop (well over) a foot of my hair off, I change my mind again. Let’s face it: Cutting a pixie is not for the faint of heart.
The good news is that I’ve had a lot of time look at going short from all possible angles, thanks to tons of feedback from friends and readers. Whether you love or loathe the idea of a pixie, here are five great tips to consider before making the big chop.
1. Facial Features
Although there's a short hairstyle to fit every woman, a true pixie is one of the shortest. Think about your facial features, your ears, your neck — are those features you feel comfortable showing the world 24 hours a day, seven days a week? If you prefer to have the option of longer hair around your face, a pixie may not be for you. This is actually the biggest challenge for me, as I use my long hair as a “curtain” at certain times — for example, dropping my kids off at school when I don’t have a lick of makeup on!
2. Styling Time
The good news? With super short hair, styling time decreases dramatically. Bad news? Unlike longer hair, which you can throw into a quick ponytail on those harried mornings, you will need to spend a few minutes styling your hair every day. Short hair can equal insane bed head.
Many women mention feeling different about their clothing necklines and jewelry once they make the chop. Also, you might feel the need to amp up your makeup a little bit. A bold, punchy lip color looks gorgeous with a pixie cut.
Styling products are must-haves for shorter haircuts. Waxes and pomades add texture, movement, and shine, and also keep frizz and puffy hair at bay. I’m sure I’ll be trying tons of new products when (and if) the time comes.
When all is said and done, the one piece of advice I’ve heard the most is that your confidence matters most. If you rock a pixie with an assured smile, the compliments from friends, family and strangers will roll in.
Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightline ” and in The New York Times.